BAGHMARA, St. Vincent’s Catholic Church
Vincent De Paul
Mayurbhanj, Pin - 757025
Phone : 06793 - 220220
Catholic families :
Mons Kurian Arakkal
Religious insitutions :
Sadan Convent. (SAB)
Educational insitutions :
Vijay M.E School
Socio-welfare activities :
Tribal Boys’ Hostel
Vijay Sadan Girls’ Tribal Hostel
Child Labour Awareness Programme
Community health Programme
Sadan Health Centre
the Parish :
As Memory falls back, Evangelization works
began in Betnoti-Baghmara area from the year
1971-72. It was all initiated by the
indomitable efforts of Msgr. Jacob,
Cathechists Vimol Giri, Sudam Hembrom and
Baidar Singh, who sowed the seeds of
Christianity in and around the villages of
Palikapada, Kuchilakhunta and Pathuria
villages all in Betnoti Block of Mayurbhanj
Baghmara villages under Kuchilakhunta Gram
Panchayat was located as a convenient and
central place for establishing a Mission
Centre where a plot of land was purchased
from a certain Mr. Das of the same village.
A straw thatched mud house was built in that
plot and catechist Vimal Giri with his
family from Hatigarh took abode in that. He
was the main evangelizer of that area. Due
to his efforts more and more people
especially from Kuchilakhunta and Paikapada
began to enroll themselves as faithful.
In Oct. 1974, Fr. Joseph Kallarackel C.M.
was appointed as the first Priest-in-charge
of Baghmara Mission who took shelter with
Catechist Vimal Giri and family sharing the
same hut and his meals. During the earlier
days of the priest’s stay in Baghmara, there
was much interest and enthusiasm from the
part of the people towards matters of
religion. But gradually, as they could not
get all what they expected from the mission,
many began to fall back especially in
Kuchilakhunta and Paikapada.
In 1975, foundation for a
Church-cum-presbytery was laid at Baghmara
and the work was supervised by Fr. Joseph
Thyil C.M. of K.C.Pur.
In 1976, due to ill health Fr. Joseph
Kallarackel had to leave Baghmara for
Berhampur and in his place Fr. George
Rathappilly who was then only a Novice in
the priesthood, being ordained in May 1976
was apointed priest-in-charge. He too took
his abode with the catechist Vimal Giri and
family. In the mean time there appeared much
scope for evangelization in Baisinga -
Gardeulia area and Vimal Giri was shifted to
In 1977, the construction of the Church and
presbytery in Baghmara was completed and
inaugurated and Fr. George Rathappilly bid
good bye to his dear hut to live in a
bungalow like presbytery. The hut that was
so far used by the priest and the catechist
was turned into a temporary hostel for
tribal boys attending the local primary
school. Fr. George being alone and found it
difficult to keep contact with the people of
the distant villages of Rangola and Beldiha,
Msgr. Jacob detached those villages from,
Baghmara and attached to Kusudiha Mission.
In 1979, Fr. George Rathappilly was
transferred to Keonjhar and in his place Fr.
Chacko Panathara C.M. was appointed at
Baghmara. Fr. Chacko gave much attention
towards education of the children by
expnading the hostel. More and more poor
boys were received into the existing hostel
but in the meantime a permanent hostel
building was constructed and was christened
as Vijaya Tribal Boys Hostel, Baghmara. To
maintain this hostel paddy fields were
purchased both in Mohuldiha and Baghmara.
In 1980, Vijaya Vocational Mission M.E.
School was started in Baghmara with Sabai
Craft as one of the subjects. Mr. Kanduri
Cahran Das of Kuchilakhunta, Mr. Jugeswar
Naik of Paunsia, Mr. Surjanando Hembrom of
Paikapada were academic teachers while
Manmatha Behera of Kuchilakhunta was Craft
teacher and Ghasia Behera was school peon.
All were paid by the Catholic Mission as the
school was not recognized by the Govt. This
school began to flourish and gain
popularity. It brought out very good results
in the Middle School exams every year. More
and more boys began to take admission in the
hostel to read in the vocational M.E.
School. Action Aid, England came to support
the boy’s hostel economically. Spade works
began in 1984 for the establishment of a
convent and dispensary at Baghmara. Lands
were acquired and primary efforts for the
constructions started by way of land
Boys from Talbandho area began to take
admission in Baghmara hostel. Through those
boys and their guardians, contacts were
begun to be made to Talabandho area and the
resulted as the entry point for the Mission
at Ghatiduba in later times.
In 1985, Fr. Chacko Panathara was relieved
for pioneering works in Talabandho area,
leaving Baghmara for Fr. Cherian Varampath
C.M. to nurture. The support from C.A.C.
gave a boost to keep more and more boys in
the hostel at Baghmara especially from
Talabandho region. In the year 1986, amidst
other catastrophes in the villages caused by
a Tornado, the asbestos roofing of the
church at Baghmara was blown off completely.
In June 1986, Fr. Jacob Kallupurackel was
transferred from Mitraput to Baghmara
Mission to relieve Fr. Cherian Varampath C.M.
for K.C.Pur. During a short span of three
years of Fr. Jacob’s stay in Baghmara, the
church was given a new face lift with RC
roofing, first floor for the entire hostel
section, Vijaya Sadan Convent and Dispensary
were built and handed over to the Sisters of
St. Anne, Bangalore in Aug. 1987.
In AuG. 1988, Fr. Jacob was transferred to
K.C. Pur leaving charges of Baghmara into
the hands of Fr. Isaac Shobhasundar C.M. who
initiated the establishment of Vijaya
Mission High School at Baghmara. In the same
year the Vocational M.E. School of Bgahmara
was taken over by the Govt. with full
sanction and Grant.
In Sept. 1992, Fr. Isaac Sobhasunder left
Baghmara and Fr. Daniel Murmu took charge of
Baghmara establishment. In 1993, Fr. Daniel
Murmu was replaced by Fr. Zacharias
Kunnakkattuthara. In 1996 Feb. Fr. Zacharias
K. Thara left Baghmara and Fr. Antony J.
took the interim charge of it until a proper
appointment was made. In June 1996, Fr.
Gerald Gomes was officially appointed as
Parish priest of Baghmara. He continued in
that office until June 1998 when he was
relieved by Fr. Jose Thundiyil. In April
2000, Fr. Jose Thundiyil was transferred as
the Cathedral parish priest at Balasore
leaving the charge of Baghmara establishment
into the able hands of Fr. Laurence
During his time the parish celebrated its
Silver Jubilee. In the year 2002, when Fr.
Laurence Thalikulam was transferred to BSSS,
Balasore, Fr. Jojo Vaidyakaran took the
charge of Baghmara Mission as parish Priest.
In his three years of time Vijaya High
School got its minimum grant from the Govt.
of Orissa. After having served Baghmara
Mission for three years Fr. Jojo Vaidyakaran
was transferred to Barbil in June 30th, 2005
and Fr. Jadu Marndi was appointed as the
parish priest of Baghmara Mission who is
still continuing the mission work in
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